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Washington Post Profiles Project Talent as Groundbreaking Resource on Alzheimer’s Disease

The Washington Post has published an in-depth story on Project Talent. The story profile’s Project Talent’s origins and it’s potential to become the most important resource for research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. We believe this remarkable study deserves national attention and this is a big step towards achieving that. The story will be published in the print version of the paper in the coming days.

From the article: An estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and in the absence of scientific breakthroughs to curb the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association projects that number could reach 14 million by 2050, with the cost of care topping $1 trillion per year.

The 1960 test could have the potential to be like the groundbreaking Framingham study, a decades-long study of men in Massachusetts that led to reductions in heart disease in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, said Susan Lapham, director of Project Talent and a co-author of the JAMA study.

“If Project Talent can be for dementia what the Framingham study was for heart disease, it will make a difference in public health,” she said. “It indicates that we should be designing interventions for kids in high school and maybe even earlier to maybe keep their brains active from a young age.”

Read the full story here: In 1960, about half a million teens took a test. Now it could predict whether they get Alzheimer’s.

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September 21, 2018

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